Intro to Sociology 1001 with Jennifer Bronson
Lecture 1 / 27 August 2013
Professor Bronson will take attendance 10 random times a semester and you will be
graded on that. Attendance was NOT taken on August 27.
Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of social life, social change and the social
causes and consequences of human behavior.
Sociologists investigate the structure of institutions, groups, organizations and how
people interact within these contexts.
All human behavior is social.
Sociological research can be either:
Pure- Knowledge for the sake of knowing
Applied- Knowledge that can be used to impose a social problem of interest
Sociologists use a range of research techniques to identify and analyze patterns and
trends in society.
Differences between groups or categories of people.
Even an absence of a pattern conveys info.
Sociological Imagination, the book used in the course, was written by C. Wright Mills
(1916-1962). *Remember his name.
Sociological imagination is the capacity to think systematically and critically of the world
around you, to see how the world influences you and others and how you and others
influence the world.
Our biographies or individual experiences intersect with history and society, or social
The difference between:
Troubles- Privately felt, personal problems that occur in a person’s life.